AT&T Mobility LLC has been fined $100 million by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The fine was for offering consumers “unlimited” data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they hit a certain amount. The FCC said that the company misled consumers into buying plans they believed would give them unlimited ability to send and receive data, including Web browsing, GPS navigation and streaming videos. But, the FCC said, once the consumer reached a certain level, that data would be slowed down significantly, at speeds lower than advertised.
The FCC fine comes after a federal lawsuit was filed against the company last fall. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which enforces rules against deceptive advertising, said it wants to refund customers who were offered the unlimited data packages, only to be given slower data speeds than advertised. That lawsuit is still pending in a federal court in California. Earlier this year, the FTC accused TracFone Wireless of similar tactics. TracFone agreed to settle the case for $40 million.
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